Student Testimonials

Application Process

Deciding to Apply

“I decided to apply to the program because I love sharing my passion for food and nutrition with other people. I want to inspire people to live healthier and eat healthier, and I believe that being a dietitian will help me to do just that.”

The Interview

“I was actually more nervous before the interview than during it. Because I had practiced answering interview questions at home, I was able to speak confidently and answer the questions as honestly as I could. I felt satisfied with my answers after the interview, and I knew at that point that I had stayed true to myself and I had done everything I could to convey my desire to be in the program.”

Advice to Potential Applicants

“Volunteer or job shadow with a dietitian to make sure that this career is the right one, and if it is, then do not give up and try your best with no regrets.”

UBC-Based Coursework

3043215642_42e518d68d_zIn the Program

“I genuinely feel like it’s a dream come true. My goal of being a dietitian was set the day I decided to apply to UBC. Getting the confirmation email saying ‘congratulations, you’re in’ felt like nothing short of winning the lottery. Some days I’ll still all of a sudden think, “I’m actually in the program and will be a dietitian very soon,” and there’s a moment of silence in my mind accompanied by a wide grin on my face.”

Advice to Incoming Students

“From the interview to get into the program to probably the end of your first year in the program, it’s common to get the feeling of “wow, everyone else has so much more experience than me.” Just remember that you were chosen because you have qualities that set yourself apart. You belong here because you bring something unique to the profession. Believe in yourself and you’ll shine that much brighter as the days progress. Best of luck!”

Internship

Nutrition Care Module

“Having structured, two-week placements was great. When the preceptor was organized, had up-to-date readings available, had a teaching/learning plan ready for their area, the placements were a great experience.”

Population and Public Health Module

“I was given lots of exposure to different RD roles never encountered before. There was a good balance between projects and experiences. It was so valuable to see the different mindset and “big picture” lenses used by community RD’s and to focus on the population prevention and promotion aspects that are not encountered in acute care. I highly valued this module and feel that this module can expand your knowledge base.”

Management Module

“Spending time at multiple sites was good as it allowed me to get a feel for different production and tray delivery systems as well as observe differences between small and large sites.”

Research Module

“I appreciated the opportunity to take on the full spectrum of research activities (submitting to ethics, preparing an abstract for the DC conference, presenting our final work, etc) within a supportive environment.”

Advice to Future Interns

“This is a whole new style of learning and I think an intern just has to “figure it out”. You can be told about the best approach to learning as an intern but until you actually get in there and experience it, it’s difficult to really know.”

“In the beginning of internship, it is difficult to communicate to preceptors what you need to learn effectively because you don’t really know what you need/want. I think the most valuable advice I received about learning styles was from other interns that had gone before me and shared candidly about their experience and what they needed so that I could discover what resonated with me.”

Advocate for yourself, this is your learning experience so speak up if you need to be taught in a different way, if you need more time/less time, if you are feeling comfortable or uneasy with situations. Always ask how others would have dealt with a situation to get as many different perspectives as possible. Learn something from every preceptor that you can take away and apply about how you would like to do or not do things. Have an open mind, the more you are able to see and take in and reflect on why things were done a certain way the more benefits you will gain from every exposure/experience.”

“I worked 3 evenings a week and found it extremely tiring but doable. If feasible, I would highly recommend that future interns work less hours so they can spend more time focusing on learning opportunities.”

Highlights of Internship

“Just being able to finally apply all of the knowledge that we have been learning throughout the past 4 years.”

“Meeting some great preceptors who have become my mentors.”

“The friendships made with other interns, constantly challenging myself to be better, realizing that I can do it, I want to do it, and why I love dietetics.

“Traveling to a variety of places and working with different populations. Finding out which field of dietetics is right or not right for me.”

“Seeing my progress and increase in confidence. It felt particularly good when patients were grateful for the care and/or advice they were given.”

“The revelations at the end of it, realizing how much I have learned, not only in knowledge but about myself and about teaching others.”

“Overall, I am VERY satisfied with my internship experience and feel honoured to have been able to participate in the UBC dietetic internship program.”

“Even though internship is challenging, I have enjoyed every challenge and I feel that I have learned a lot this year both professionally and personally. Every challenging situation was a great learning experience for me, so personally, I wouldn’t change anything about my internship experience.”